The pattern of complaints about Australian wind farms does not match the establishment and distribution of turbines: support for the psychogenic, 'communicated disease' hypothesis.

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PloS one, ISSN: 1932-6203, Vol: 8, Issue: 10, Page: e76584

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10.1371/journal.pone.0076584; 10.1371/journal.pone.0076584.t002; 10.1371/journal.pone.0076584.t001; 10.1371/journal.pone.0076584.g001
PMC3797792; 3797792
Simon Chapman; Alexis St. George; Karen Waller; Vince Cakic; Matteo Convertino
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With often florid allegations about health problems arising from wind turbine exposure now widespread, nocebo effects potentially confound any future investigation of turbine health impact. Historical audits of health complaints are therefore important. We test 4 hypotheses relevant to psychogenic explanations of the variable timing and distribution of health and noise complaints about wind farms in Australia.